Children’s book clubs

Kisumu Provincial Library, Nyanza Province, Kenya

Out of the 330,000 children’s books we send to sub-Saharan Africa each year, over a third are distributed to schools which are otherwise dependent on old, worn out books which provide little value when it comes to learning to read or passing exams.

“If you look at the situation in our primary schools, there are no books and those that there are, have been there for a long time…” - Moses Mwandihi

Kisumu Provincial Library has been recieving books from Book Aid International for many years and in 2009 began an outreach project encouraging local schools to start book clubs.  By 2011 however, the book clubs in Kisumu had grown so popular that the library ran out of books!

KNLS Kisumu book club meeting

School book club meeting outside Kisumu Library

In 2012, we supported the 67 book clubs in Kisumu, sending books to the library and helping the librarian, Moses Mwandihi as he co-originated the project, lead class visits to the library and supports teachers as they select books for their schools.  Moses is very excited to get things underway:

If you look at the situation in our primary schools, there are no books and those that there are, have been there for a long time and have been read by these children’s parents before them.  When you look at the situation with books in the library, having new ones will make a big change!” 

This project is generously supported by Pearson Plc.

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